With 17 confirmed cases of measles in New York during the past week, health officials remind local communities of the…
With 17 confirmed cases of measles in New York during the past week, health officials remind local communities of the importance of proper vaccination.
Six children in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn have been diagnosed with measles along with 11 in Rockland County, about 30 miles north of the city, reported NBC4. In both areas, the outbreak seems to have begun children returning from Israel, where there is currently a major outbreak of the highly contagious disease.
The children in Williamsburg are part of the Orthodox Jewish community where there were another five cases of measles earlier this month. They are between 1
1 months and 4 years, and five of them are unvaccinated. Of the five, four had volunteered from vaccination and one was too young. The sixth child had begun his measles vaccination, but the only dose was not enough to protect against the disease.
One of the children had to go to the hospital with pneumonia and another developed an ear infection.
Because of the local outbreak, the New York City Health Department will meet with rabbi and elected officials in Williamsburg on Thursday to talk about vaccination.
“While measles are preventable, many families do not choose to vaccinate or delay vaccination, children and other children at risk,” said Oxiris Barbot, Health Commissioner responsible for NBC4.
Although Centers for Disease Control have said there is no scientific link between vaccines and autism, some people and communities in the United States still refuse to vaccinate their  A member of the orthodox community in Williamsburg told NBC4 that there is an ongoing argument in the neighborhood.
“We have that debate every day in our synagogues and our society,” said Volvi Einhorn. “And most of our people get it, and the ruthless people who do not get it have a responsibility and they should take action.”
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The majority of measles outbreak occur in areas where people are unvaccinated, CDC says. They usually start in the United States when a traveler returns from areas in the world where the disease is still common, such as Europe, Asia, Pacific and Africa, spreading in its unvaccinated communities.
“Measles is a virus transmitted in the air when you are next to someone who has measles virus and coughs or sneezes,” says Dr. Jennifer Lighter Fisher, a childhood specialist for infectious diseases at NYU Langone Medical Center, who told the people earlier. “The disease can also live on surfaces for about two hours. “
CDC said in September that the current crowd is in line with previous years. As of September 8, it has confirmed 137 cases of the disease in 24 states and Washington, DC